Businesses across the US
are recycling used ink cartridges and personal electronics to equip their
favorite charities and local schools with funding for new technologies and
Reports by the National Association of State Budget Officers
in 2010 estimate that nationwide K-12 budgets were cut by $1.8 billion and
anticipate $2.5 billion in cuts for fiscal year 2012. Approximately 23 states
have made “identifiable, deep” cuts in pre-k and/or K-12 education, according
to the Center on Budget Policies and Priorities.
“Times are tough everywhere,” said Sean Michaels, president,
FundingFactory. “Our program gives the private sector an opportunity to take
sustainable action and help nonprofit organizations fill budget gaps without
having to spend a dime.”
FundingFactory’s fundraising-thru-recycling program is a
no-cost way for all businesses to help support their favorite schools and
nonprofits. The process is simple: Commit to recycle used cartridges and small
electronics, choose a local or national organization to receive recycling
points – points that can be used to purchase classroom technology and supplies,
or converted to cash – and ship recyclables in FundingFactory’s pre-paid boxes.
System in St. Marys, Pennsylvania,
has been involved since 1999 and has earned more than $25,000 through
FundingFactory’s program, with help from several St. Marys area business
“It’s an incredible community effort and not a bad return
for mailing in garbage (for free),” says Marlene Stubber, Elk
County’s technology coordinator.
One of Elk County’s
business supporters, Metaldyne, agrees.
“I know Elk County
needs all the help it can get. With very little effort and no financial
commitment, Metaldyne is able to help make an impact which benefits the
school,” said Keith Simons, Metaldyne employee and a former student and current
boys basketball coach in the school district.
“Since 1996, we have been able to share more than $26
million with schools and non-profits due in large part to the efforts of
business supporters,” said Erika Dauber, program manager, FundingFactory.